In 2015 the Library began sharing some of its digitised collections on Google’s Cultural Institute. This is a free site to discover exhibits and collections from museums, libraries, galleries and archives all around the world.
The Library has created a number of galleries within the ‘Historic Moments’ section, highlighting some of our most significant collections, such as the Holtermann glass plate negative collection, depicting the NSW central west gold mining towns of Hill End and Gulgong at the height of the gold boom in the 1870s. ‘Discovering Antarctica’ features maps, photographs and artworks documenting the many voyages of discovery to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, including a number of iconic Frank Hurley photographs from Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), 1911-1914. The Library’s First Fleet collections of original journals, correspondence, artworks and maps of the British settlement in NSW are featured, along with selections from the 2014 First World War exhibition, ‘Life Interrupted: from civilian to soldier’ and a gallery of works by First World War soldier-artist, Leslie Hore.
Some of the other institutions that have a presence on Cultural Institute include the Smithsonian Museums, Acropolis Museum in Greece, Alvar Aalto Museum in Finland, Azerbaijan National Art Museum and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.